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Collecting Hobbies Item

Talking about favorite sport that I always wanted become expert is baseball, when I was a kid my father always asked me to accompany him to watch his favorite game, for the first time I feel that this sport was not interesting me, but because I always watch when there is a game so, slowly but sure then I fall in love with this game.

In the first session of league, in my city the hometown club always become a champion and all young people already love that team, and try to collect souvenir, that have the logos of the club, also my self I am starting to collect souvenir of my favorite club, such as t-shirt, shoe, hat and also Baseball Gloves which is very rare at that time, you need to indent and pay in advance to get this stuff, it is unique actually when it comes in our mind that collecting our hobbies stuff is the great activity that really enjoyable, we try to find out the stuffs that need to collect and sometime we never thinking about the energy or cost that we have been thru, because in our mind only thinking about the goods that we after.

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Increasing Farmers Profit

CASSAVA farmers and processors are set to earn bigger profits and get better-quality product through a new cost-effective and efficient flash dryer that produces 300 per cent more flour while using 40 per cent less fuel.

Developed by scientists working at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and National Partners in Nigeria, the improved flash dryer is capable of processing eight tons of raw cassava tubers into two tons of high-quality flour per day compared to the less-than one-ton daily production of existing models.

Aside from higher production capacity, the new flash dryer also consumes less fuel, using only 12 litres of diesel per hour to produce 250 kg of flour. Comparatively, current models burn about 20 litres of fuel per hour to produce only 80 kg of flour.

According to the Corporate Communications Officer of IITA, Mr. Godwin Atser, the new flash dryer is also cheaper. "Most models being used by cassava millers in Nigeria are imported, usually from Brazil, and cost about US$ 68 500 per unit. The new dryer is locally manufactured and costs about $22 800 each, or only about a third of the price of imported ones," he added.

"The improved flash dryer not only doubles the capacity of present ones in the market, but it also produces much finer quality of flour," says Dr. Gbassay Tarawali, Project Manager of IITA's Cassava Enterprise Development Project (CEDP).

He says the dryer also addresses the perennial problem of short-period perishability of cassava after harvest.

"The development and introduction of this improved flash dryer represents a win-win situation for the millions of cassava farmers and processors not only in Nigeria but also in other cassava-producing countries of West Africa," says Prof. Ayo Kuye of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, who led a team of engineers in developing the new dryer in consultation with IITA.

"This new flash dryer will not only save the country millions of dollars in import payments but will also generate millions more in production increases and cost savings once it is widely distributed and used. This dryer is a success story for the cassava industry in general," he added.

National partners in the development of this improved flash dryer include the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi; the Roots and Tuber Expansion Programme of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; and Godilogo Farms in Obudu, Cross Rivers State.

Under the Presidential Initiative on Cassava, Nigeria mandated millers to integrate 10 per cent cassava flour to wheat flour in making bread, a move aimed at increasing the utilization of the tuber crop.

However, supply of cassava flour has not been able to keep up with demand. IITA and partners say that this situation will be improved with the introduction of the improved flash dryer, benefiting the farmers downstream with better market opportunities and prices for their crops.

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Commercial television for my product

When it comes with decision to make a commercial television for my product, I always confuse to made a decision, in order to have a good commercial television and video shooting, in my mind always a thought a complicated process that make you headache.

I’ve been trying to find a production house who specialty in process of video production but sometimes, I need in a limited time with a best shot and script. It’s always difficult for me to find an Idea for angel of shooting, story line, not to mention the story board, and also one that really complicated to find the talent that can suitable for my product, well this not an easy process.

Just one step a head, facing this problem as a challenge luckily my best friend recommended one of largest Video production who can help with my entire problem, I don’t need to think about the script, story line, story board and all complicated process that need to touch up. My best friend suggested to open Video Production Service it will solved my entire problem in order to produce my commercial television for my product that need to launch in a short period of time. My problem was fixed and no need to worry with the result, they all really professional.

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New cassava illness strikes in Mara

Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is spreading at an alarming rate in almost all districts of Mara Region, thus threatening the major food crop that is widely grown in the lake zone, researchers have warned.

Researchers from Ukiruguru Institute have now recommended alternative food crops such as millet and lentils to be grown in all districts of the region without delay, warning that there will be no cassava plants in the area after a year from now.

The new cassava disease that spots rotten cassava roots, threatens food security in the region with over 1.6 million population, according to the Regional Agricultural Advisor, Mr Samweli Sasi. “Earlier, CBSD was reported in the neighbouring Ukerewe District of Mwanza Region but it has spread very fast in Rorya, Musoma and Bunda districts.

Ukiruguru has conducted the study now in all districts of Mara region and the problem is big because they have not yet come up with alternative cassava seeds to meet the demand of wananchi," Mr Sasi said in his latest report to regional business council meeting here on Wednesday.

The report shocked the meeting with the Mara Regional Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Mr Lazaro Magira calling for a quick permanent solution in preventing further spread of the diseases among other things. "This is a threat and that is why researchers have suggested alternative food crops but this is not a permanent solution and I am worried if wananchi are aware of the researchers findings," the TCCIA leader said.

Mara Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr Issa Machibya banned transporting cassava seeds in a bid to contain the disease in the area. The RC also informed the meeting that sufficient millet seeds have been distributed across the region to rescue the situation. “At least every home should plant not less than two hectares of millet and seeds have been distributed everywhere," the regional chief said.

Bunda District Commissioner Mr Chiku Gallawa said all kind of cassava seeds available in the region are in danger of being affected by the disease. “All seeds are likely to be affected and researchers have hinted that by next year there will be no cassava. The focus should be having one voice and going for alternative food crops to address the challenge we face ahead, " Ms Gallwa told the meeting.

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Yams Delicious !

There are many staple foods in the Solomon Islands many however prefer yam, or uvi, as it is known in Guadalcanal.

Yams are a primary agricultural commodity in the Solomon Islands, and have been used extensively prior to the colonization of the Islands. This essentially means that they were brought to the Solomon Islands by our early ancestors. A simple Google search show that yams were first cultivated in Africa and Asia about 8000 B.C.

The yam is highly regarded in Solomon Islands not only for survival but also for ceremonial reasons. It is used for important ceremonial events such as reconciliation, weddings or feasts to show ones status.

In the Solomon Islands, where refrigerators are not yet a common household item, yams are very important since they can be stored for up to six months without refrigeration. "We usually cook them very early in the morning, we store some for later in the day and some for the kids to take to school," said Lilly Vale, a mother of two young kids who resides near the Poha area in West Guadalcanal. "We cook them over hot stones...we keep the stones hot throughout the day just to keep the yam hot." Lilly says that leftovers are often wrapped in banana leaves and stored in the kitchen, normally a leaf hut separate from the main house.

Lilly says that her family will continue to consume yam even though many in the village seem to prefer rice nowadays. "I just think that it is healthier, I have noticed many of the villagers getting sick when they switch to rice and tinned food...our grandparents lived healthy lives until they were very old, most depended only on yam and sea food."

Dietitians would agree with Lilly since Yams are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. This means that yams are high in potassium and low in sodium which is likely to produce a good potassium-sodium balance in the human body, and so protect against osteoporosis and heart diseases.

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Set up a strategy for your product

As my Cassava chips product has already develop and it takes several month to understand the market needs then I try to do my home works, trying to set advertising, marketing development and conjunction selling strategy. All this method has already been try for several weeks with unsatisfied result.

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Disease devastates cassava crop, threatens hunger

Brazzaville (The Republic of Congo) - Cassava is the staple food for most people in the Republic of Congo, but this main source of nourishment is being threatened by a disease that has spread to most areas of the country.

"We've been having problems for more than two years and it's getting worse with the mosaic destroying our crops," said Rose Ambeto, who has several cassava fields. The virus, known as cassava mosaic disease (CMD), attacks the leaves of the plant and limits the growth of its roots. It is spread by insects or by diseased cassava being transplanted to new areas.

"Our harvests are getting worse and worse. That's why bags of fufu and roots are so expensive in the markets," she said.

Fufu is eaten across Africa and is made by boiling starchy roots like cassava, also known as manioc, in water and then pounding them until they reach a porridge-like consistency.

Veronique Okaka, who grows cassava in Ouesso in Congo's Sangha department, also complained of hard times due to the cassava mosaic.

"Before, we had enough to feed our children and to make some money for other things. But lately, because of this disease, we sometimes get fufu from Cameroon," she said.

The price of a bag of fufu has soared from 15,000 CFA (US$28.50) to 35,000 CFA ($67) in recent months in Congolese markets, partly because of the problems faced by growers and traders of cassava. Specialists in Congo's agricultural ministry say the disease might lead to a drop of between 60 and 90 percent in harvests and could throw entire communities into a critical food situation.

CMD has been spreading throughout central Africa and arrived in the Republic of Congo in the mid-1990s.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been at the forefront in the battle against the disease. The only known way to fight it is to develop varieties that are resistant to the virus and distribute them to farmers.

In Pool, one of Congo's worst-hit departments, the ICRC has been growing these resistant varieties. Over a two-month period last year, it took cuttings from these plants and distributed them to groups of cassava growers in the area. The ICRC has handed out 330,000 cuttings to about 100 different groups, benefiting about 1,500 families. These groups received training in how to stop the spread of CMD, and were also given ploughing equipment.

In October, the ICRC joined the Congolese Red Cross and the agriculture ministry to provide training in Kinkala in the Pool Department on ways of fighting the disease.

The departments of Pool and Plateaux, also badly hit by the epidemic, recently received more than 330,000 cuttings of six different varieties of cassava developed in 2004 by the International Institute of Agricultural Technologies (IITA) in Kinshasa, in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Another 175,000 cuttings, taken from four new resistant strains, are being distributed in four other departments.

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Cassava Makes a Comeback From Disease

After much news about high food prices and food insecurity, there's some good news about a main African staple. Cassava has made a major comeback.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says after years of massive crop failures caused by a virus and other diseases, farmers are now harvesting healthy plants – especially in Burundi, the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.

From Rome, Nebambi Lutaladio, a specialist in the FAO's plant production and protection division, spoke to VOA's Joe De Capua about the importance of the cassava comeback.

"This is a root crop. It ranks as one of the important food crops in sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in the…Great Lakes region, where it actually contributes to about 40 to 50 percent calorie intake. It is the main component of their daily menu of the middle class and the poor… This crop is grown for food, cash and other uses by millions of farmers. Many of them are women," he says.

Cassava, however, became the target is disease, which spread quickly. "Over the past…decade, a severe cassava disease, which is called Cassava Mosaic Virus Disease… And this disease has spread devastating the crop and had a very serious impact on the production."

In some areas, cassava production dropped by as much as 80 percent. Lutaladio says that the loss of cassava crops affected "the resilience of the people."

He says," Cassava is a survival or subsistence crop. They draw most of their dietary energy from that crop. If the basic crop is not there, then they tend not to be able to cope very well."
The FAO distributed virus-free planting material in Great Lakes countries to some 330,000 small-scale farmers. The result plentiful harvests, according to the FAO, have benefited over one and a half million people.

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Indonesia's Medco eyes cassava in new ethanol plant

Indonesia's largest listed energy firm PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk will start a 180,000 litres per day ethanol plant later this year, using cassava as a feedstock, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Bio-ethanol production from the plant in Lampung in southern Sumatra will be exported to Japan and the European Union, said President Director Djatnika Puradinata from PT Medco Methanol Bunyu, a unit of Medco Energi (MEDC.JK: Quote, Profile, Research).

"We will run at full capacity once the plant becomes operational. It will be the biggest ethanol facility in Indonesia and we are now negotiating with potential buyers for the product," Djatnika told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy forum in Singapore.

Besides this $45 million plant, there are currently four to five ethanol facilities in Indonesia, each with capacity of 120,000 litres per day or lower, he said.

"We plan to build another five biofuel plants within four years from now and we are studying the feedstock," Djatnika added.

Medco preferred cassava to sugarcane although the latter offers the highest yield, as Indonesia already relies heavily on sugar imports.

"We will use cassava in the new plant and it's important for the plant to be near the feedstock. Time is limited for processing. The starch content in cassava will change beyond 24 hours," he said.

Indonesia has nine refineries with 1.057 million barrels per day capacity but is forced to import fuels to feed growing transport and power sector demand.

"Biofuel is seen as a substitute product and it will strengthen the country's energy security. We have plenty of arable land, also good for palm oil. There is no need for deforestation," Djatnika said.

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Cassava price hit after factory fire

The Quang Ngai provincial People’s Committee deputy chairman, Truong Ngoc Nhi, is trying to save the price of cassava for farmers unable to sell their crop to the fire-damaged Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory.

The official has asked the management board of the damaged factory to store the cassava until processing can resume.

If not, he wants the central province’s Dong Xuan Cassava Factory or the Son Hai Cassava Factory to take the crop.

But the effort may be in vain.

As farmer Nguyen Thi Dao explains, she will have to sell her cassava to retailers for VND400,000 (US$23) per tonne – about half the price the processors pay – before it rots.

Hundreds of her fellow cassava growers are in the same plight. Their collective 11,000ha of crop is dedicated to the Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory which buys it for about VND900,000 ($53) per tonne.

Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory director Tran Ngoc Hai has undertaken to have the production line with its daily capacity of 100 tonnes repaired.

"But it would take at least two months for the factory to resume work," he said.

The fire, last Saturday, spoiled 50 tonnes of cassava flour and thousands of litres of oil before being put out.

Initial estimates put the damage at more than VND3 billion ($182,000).

More than 2,000 litres of the leaking oil has been mopped up and the provincial People’s Committee has ordered the factory’s management to clear the surrounds of the oil and cassava flour. — VNS

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When we talked about kitchen, we will not always think how to manage our kitchen tool but also performance of our kitchen tools, Now days it’s easy to get the kitchen tools, but tools with outstanding quality is something else. Enclume Pot Racks try to use this kitchen tools if you need a quality branded tools.

Enclume Pot Rack design is very nice and friendly, also trendy and it will suite for all range of aged, before I have one of my best pot rack, I though this is a long time period product that have a long live quality, but I feel disappointed when several of my kitchen tools was broken due to the it was not strong enough when I hang it.

The product quite simply, finest product. Enclume Potracks you can buy with the quality that never been disappointed. No wonder my friend that suggest to buy this product is really confident when we talked about kitchen tools and accessory, just need to buy and put in our beloved kitchen

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Design Bridge creates branding for cassava chips

Design Bridge in London has designed the branding for a range of snacks that launched in the UK last month.

The Joseph Banks cassava root chips are aimed at health conscious consumers.
They are low in fat, gluten free and cholesterol free.

Design Bridge's packaging was influenced by the ideas, principles and enthusiasm of Joseph Banks, the 18th century naturalist and botanist. These influences are communicated across the brand, from its identity and packaging through to promotional materials and sales collateral.

The 113g packs were manufactured by Maxindo in Indonesia.

Joseph Banks Cassava Chips are the first product launch from the brand, which is owned by Unique Food Group in New Zealand, and are available in four flavours from UK supermarkets.

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Cool stuff to play

For me it’s easier made a cake from cassava rather then playing Roulette, actually Roulette is cool stuff and easy to play, but I don’t know why I am not the man that hands on with this stuff.

I have a funny story when I was in a senior high school, we always try something that we have seen on TV, I saw one of my favorites serial television, it’s about the activity at casino and one of the game is a big vertical round table and always spinning around and there is so many picture inside of that round table, I thought this is a wheel, but the funny is when I try to mentioned the name of the game all my friend always laugh at me and I am still does not understand why they all laugh at me. Then I realize that the way I said roulette is have a different pronunciation.

We have kind game that we called it “dremulen” I understand maybe you all don’t know a bout this kind of game, but when we play this “dremulen” is almost the same with roulette that in Vegas is very famous, still until now I’d rather busy with my cassava thing rather then playing a roulette.

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China ethanol approval for cassava plan

Hainan, China-based Hainan Yedao Group (SHA:600238) said it has received approval from experts who inspected its new 100,000-ton (33 million U.S. gallon) ethanol plant in Haikou, in the southern islands of China.

Hainan Yedao and partners have invested 350 million RMB ($51.5 million USD) in the plant, which plans to produce the fuel using cassava, a woody shrub that grows in the subtropical region of southern China.

Cassava is China’s fifth-largest crop yield after rice, sweet potato, sugar cane, and maize. The Guangxi region accounts for 70 percent of the country’s yield, averaging 7 million tons a year.

Hainan Yedao is a liquor and healthcare product maker that announced plans in July to build ethanol fuel projects jointly with a state-owned petrochemical company.

In addition to ethanol, the Haikou plant is expected to produce 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The company has leased 4,498 hectares of land in Laos to plant cassava for the facility.

China is the third largest ethanol producer in the world, behind the U.S. and Brazil, according to MarketResearchAnalyst.com (see Coskata enters China ethanol market). Ten of 22 provinces have mandated the use of ethanol-blended gasoline in cars.

But Beijing recently banned the use of grains in fuel ethanol because of concerns about the impact on the food supply (see China considering banning corn ethanol).

The first fuel ethanol plant based on non-grain feedstock in China opened in December. That plant, also China’s first cassava-powered ethanol plant, is located in Beihai, Guangxi.

The facility, operated by a subsidiary of Beijing-based China Oil and Food Corporation (COFCO), is expected to produce 200,000 tons of ethanol and 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol annually from 1.5 million tons of cassava.

China's Beihai Gofar Marine Biological Industry (SHA:600538) has also announced plans for a 100,000 ton-per-year cassava-based ethanol plant in the Guangxi region.

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The Largest Taxi Company

Last week when I have an invitation from one of the famous and well-known university at Surabaya, Indonesia I try to used public transportation and by chance I meet with one of the larges taxi company, which all the taxi unit rank is number one between all taxi Company in Surabaya, surprising me when I enter the car and sit at back of the driver.

For a while I think maybe this is a brand new car, but after several block I asked the driver “ what kind of car is it Sir ” asked me seriously, “ Oh…this is Nissan Sunny ” answer the driver, then I take a deep breath and continue my curiosity “ Oh… Nissan Sunny?..ya..ya.. I know this car was build if I am not mistake year 2004, and this is a 1300 cc, with 5 speed transmission…wow.. this is 4 year used car? “Yes Sir this an old car but Nissan is the greatest car that I ever know Sir, because almost everyday I use this car for living Sir, and I never having a serious problem with this car ” says the driver with his smile.

No wonder this taxi company become very big and has so many unit, well for me this is new information that I can recommended to all my friend but because not many Nissan at Indonesia, for me better if you visit to Nissan Dealer MA, for more details information and I guarantee you will get the information that you all need.

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Experts call for value addition to cassava products

Some agricultural experts have suggested that new researches into cassava should focus more on ways to add value to cassava products to boost their export potential.
The experts, who met at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan , said that there was also the need to diversify the usage of cassava products locally and internationally.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was at the seminar, reports that the experts agreed that these developments would make cassava and its bye products remain relevant.

Ms Elizerbeth Parkes, a breeder with the Ghana-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Crop Research Institute, said the paradigm shift should be from cassava production to meeting target markets.
Parkes said that improved cassava production would help to improve standards of living of cassava farmers by tapping into high-value markets.
“Cassava has transformed from a poor man’s subsistence crop to an industrial one.
"What we need to do now is to find ways to move from just improving production and productivity to identifying and introducing specific traits that markets want," she said.

Parkes said that since the early 1970's, agricultural research centers of major cassava-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa had released more than 200 improved varieties.

According to her, the utilisation of the crop has grown with the rise in demand for cassava-based products such as flour, ethanol, glucose and starch, among others, Dr. Alfred Dixon, IITA Cassava Breeder, advised other breeders to develop cassava varieties comparable in quality and cheaper than wheat flour.

"We are not only interested in putting food on farmers’ tables but also money in their pockets," he said.

The IITA chief advised that new programmes for cassava breeding should be more proactive in "heading-off pest and diseases".
"We need not wait until diseases become prominent before we work on them. Action must be taken at the first sign of an infection.

"Breeding programes must continue producing varieties that are better resistant to important diseases like the mosaic virus and cassava brown streak," she said.

Prof. Malachy Akoroda of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Ibadan, said that cassava was gaining prominence because of its unique qualities for poverty reduction.
He said that the cassava's drought resistance qualities stood it out among others, adding that the crop has the ability to mitigate the impact of climate change in Africa .
Akoroda said that cassava has numerous advantages and urged African governments to identify and tap these opportunities.
Farmers, on their part, identified the tuber's bulkiness and perish ability as two important aspects that breeding programmes needed to appraise.
The farmers said that the bulkiness had made easy evacuation impossible and was also responsible for the high cost of transportation from farm gates to processing outlets.

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